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Seismic Airgun Blasting Harm Ocean Life

Seismic airgun blasting in search of oil and gas is shortsighted and dangerous. Seismic airguns create one of the loudest humanmade sounds in the ocean.
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the problem
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During seismic surveys, ships pull large arrays of airguns that release loud pressurized blasts of air through the ocean and into the seafloor. Noise from airguns can disturb, injure or kill marine animals from zooplankton, the base of the food web, to giant whales.

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Negative Effects
  • Airgun noise can reduce catch rates for fish and disrupt essential behaviors in marine mammals, like dolphins and whales.

  • For marine animals, sound plays an essential role in feeding, mating, communicating, and avoiding predators.

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